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Buzzer Theory With Pam Platt, Louisville Journalist And Jeopardy Contestant

Courtesy Pam Platt

Ever wanted to be on Jeopardy? For Louisville journalist Pam Platt, her appearance this Friday is a dream decades in the making.

I caught up with Platt to talk about buzzer technique and what it’s like to know the question after the answer.

Listen to the conversation in the audio player above.

Pam Platt on the first time she hit the buzzer:

"Complete ineptitude on my part, because that's the thing -- and everybody who's been on the show will tell you that. And even people who haven't been on the show know that from hearing even Ken Jennings talk about it. And it's ... you know, you have to hit it at the right moment. If you go too early, you get locked out. If you go too late, the smart people on stage have already beat you to ring it in."

Platt on the enduring appeal of Jeopardy:

"I think it's that people ... people watch it and they wanna see how much they know. And they wanna see because I think it tells them something about their lives, too. And that's what it's meant to me, is that I'm able to remember places that I've been or people I've met or books that I've read or music I've enjoyed, and to me it's just a bunch of little touchstones."

Stephen George is President and CEO of Louisville Public Media. Email Stephen at sgeorge@lpm.org.

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